The following are proven strategies for making sure you get the best prices and save even more money at Walmart:
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF Walmart’S PRICE-MATCHING POLICY
Even if Walmart isn’t offering the lowest price on a given item, you can take advantage of the store’s price-match policy to secure a better deal. Walmart will match any advertised price from stores in your area, said Paul Ivanovsky, creator of IHeartTheMart.com, a blog dedicated to saving money at Walmart.
To qualify, the items in question must be identical and in stock at the other retailer. Ivanovsky said the price-matching policy is a great way to save money on items such as fruit, meat and paper products.
GET ONLINE PRICES IN THE STORE
Before you make a purchase in one of its stores, see if Walmart is offering a better price online. The company will match Walmart.com prices when you make in-store purchases. This happens a lot, so you can take advantage of this trick every day.
Bethany Halford is a co-creator of the Whoa, wait. Walmart? blog, which features great finds at Walmart. She frequently finds items that have been marked down online but not in the store.
To get the better price, Halford pulls the item up on her phone and shows it to the cashier when she checks out. Halford once saved a couple dollars when she found a pair of slippers selling for $12.88 in the store and about $10 online.
USE THE SAVINGS CATCHER APP
If you forgot to check other stores’ prices before shopping at Walmart, you can still take advantage of the retailer’s price-match policy after the fact by using the Savings Catcher app.
After scanning your receipt with the app, Walmart checks competitors’ advertised prices on the same item. If an item you bought is cheaper elsewhere, you will be credited the difference. Savings are in the form of Savings Catcher Rewards Dollars that can be redeemed for a Walmart e-gift card or Walmart Buck$ to be added to a Bluebird by American Express Card prepaid debit card.
GET FREE SHIPPING FROM Walmart.COM
Shipping costs can quickly negate the savings you might accumulate by shopping online. However, there are two ways you can get free shipping from Walmart.com.
If you spend $35 or more online, Walmart will ship your purchases for free. Two-day delivery is available on millions of items, and other goods are delivered in three to five days.
Some items and orders under $35 do not qualify for free shipping. You can get around shipping fees on those goods by having online purchases shipped to your local store, said Amanda Jerkins, the other co-creator of Whoa, wait. Walmart?
COMB THROUGH THE CLEARANCE RACKS
If you rush through your Walmart trips, you might miss out on some of the retailer’s best clearance deals.
Typically, deeply discounted items are placed in an aisle near the toy or lawn and garden department, Halford said. When she and Jerkins comb through the clearance racks, they often find that items they were coveting at full price are now on sale for much less.
For example, Jerkins said she once found a floor lamp she wanted that was marked down from $45 to $20 in the clearance section. She also recommended checking the end caps on aisles throughout the store for heavily discounted items.
SHOP EARLY IN THE MORNING FOR GROCERY DEALS
If your local Walmart has a grocery department, you can save money by timing food shopping trips right. Farmer recommends shopping early in the morning to score discounts on one of the priciest food items on your list – meat.
“Normally, by 8 a.m., the meat department has discounted their meat, and you can grab some great deals,” she said.
The bashing of Walmart started years ago by leftists who didn’t like that Walmart refused to go union. Since then, bashing Walmart has become a leftist’s cottage industry. With all that said, Walmart is an incredible place to shop, because you can find a toothbrush, a hammer, and a pair of jeans all within a minute of walking distance. Walmart is so big they are able to negotiate sweet deals with manufacturers and wholesalers and they really do pass the savings onto you, the customer.
H/T Wicked Local